Can NCLEX review items become OUTDATED????

  1. I have a ton of books that are about two-three years old. Are these considered out of date? Is it even possible for these questions to become out of date? I have to begin reviewing for the NCLEX and don't have four hundred dollars for a review class!!! What did you guys do?????

  2. 5 Comments

  3. by   aimeee
    Kristi, these are 2-3 year old NCLEX review books? I would think that those would be entirely adequate for review. Yes, they can become a little outdated over time because standard nursing practice does change a bit from year to year as we gain new knowledge but the changes from one year to the next should be pretty minimal. Most of what you need to pass the NCLEX is basic stuff that isn't changing a great deal in that short a time frame.

    I didn't do a review class. I bought one review book and my friend bought a different one. We used our own, then swapped them and reviewed each other's. In the exam I passed on the first attempt with the minimum number of questions.

    Good luck!
  4. by   nicola
    I would also say that the books you have are outdated. Try to get a new one with a disc in the back that you can use to practice on the computer.

    I did take a review course, mostly because my school had it there and paid half the fee for those of us who were from the school. I think it was well worth my while if only because it boosted my confidence! But the best bit of advice I had and took was to answer as many questions as possible before taking the test. I actually saw 2 questions on my test that I'd done in my studying and knew them ONLY because I remembered the answers!
  5. by   RNforLongTime
    When I graduated back in 1997, I took a review course that only cost around 200 dollars. It was put on by the American Nursing Review company. This class was a week long, M-F, from 8am to 4pm. I took it the day after I graduated from college. I also purchased about 4 NCLEX review books of my own.

    A friend had attended a seminar in which the speaker told them that if you do about 5,000 questions in review books then you should be able to pass Boards.

    To answer your original question, no I don't think that books two to three years old would be outdated.

    Good Luck!
  6. by   nurs4kids
    Nah, I wouldn't think those books to be outdated.

    I really suggest the computer disk, though. That's what I really concentrated on and I had no problemo with the NCLEX. The practicing with computer disk also gets you used to taking the test on computer.
    Good luck!!!!!!
  7. by   Zee_RN
    I'm currently searching for a NCLEX review course to offer to new graduates that I'm employing at my hospital. We had a couple GNs fail state boards and I want to offer to pay for them to attend a review course. Our local community college had one scheduled but got no interest in it and hence will not be conducting the course. Any suggestions on where to get this course would be appreciated!

    Also, I heard they changed the NCLEX this past April to reflect more management questions and more delegation questions. Can anyone verify this for me? (This came from the director of continued education department at the local community college that I spoke with today.)